Aorta Community Agreements

    We expect all participants to practice community by agreeing on group policies/community agreements/Space policies are developed by and for group members who share a particular space, i.e. steering committee/board of directors, subcommittees, community assemblies/events. The members of the group are accountable to each other and to the Community and are responsible for direct and open communication, transparency and how we share and distribute power. Whenever people come together as a group, we form both a community and a culture. At the NESAWG conference, we are looking for a respectful, comfortable, open, curious and friendly community and culture. Community agreements help us to find concrete ways to create this culture and to talk about conflicts and conflicts without creating them. With these practices and tools, we can challenge ourselves and each other, while realizing that we all come from different places of knowledge and transformation. NOTE: There are a few community agreements that are often aimed at participants that we do not use or bring. Two of the most common are “accepting the best intentions” and “trust is no more.” The reason we don`t use them is that if someone isn`t able to do it (let`s say they don`t feel confident or uncertain), a community agreement that tells them to do so won`t change anything. These agreements are not always realistic, especially if we take into account that when people have been harmed by sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, classicism, they/we build the necessary tools to maintain and protect themselves.

    The chords we offer instead, which capture the spirit of these, are: “We can`t be articulated all the time”,” “be generous with each other” or “It`s a learning space”. All conference participants agreed to abide by these agreements. Please pay attention to your own actions, be open to observations of your behavior, and be open to sharing comments with others about their actions. Members agree to reduce the negative effects of as many of these oppressive ideologies as possible, as they are all related and relevant to our work. This involves engaging in learning and learning through workshops, policy-making, cooperation within the Community, etc., and can be done jointly. At the beginning of meetings, group policies/community agreements are reviewed each time a new person has joined. Below are some community agreements that can be useful in meetings. Not all of them will be useful to every group, depending on the culture and preferences of the group and the individuals present there.. . .